Monday, February 7, 2011

Weekend Getaway

I enjoy going away for the weekend.  I'm sure a lot of you do too.  But what if you heard about a great legal torrent to download while you were away?  How do you tell your computer at home to download the file for you so that it'll be done (or almost done) by the time you get home?

Well, with a little help from Dropbox, one of my favorite cloud storage services, managing your downloads can be done from any Dropbox capable device.

Install and setup Dropbox.  Create a new folder called Torrents

Next you need a torrent client, I prefer Vuze.  Just open the Preferences menu and add the new Dropbox folder you just created in the 'Import Directory' field.

What this essentially does, is tell your torrent client to start downloading any torrents that are added to this folder.  It will watch this folder periodically for any new files added.

Next, on your mobile device (laptop, Android, iOS), search for, and download any torrent files you want.  You do not need a torrent client on your device, just Dropbox and a file manager (I currently use Astro on my X10 Mini Pro)

Once you download a torrent file, save it/move it into the Dropbox/Torrent directory on your mobile device.

That's it.  Your computer at home will start downloading the torrent you just added.

You can do this from anywhere in the world for as long as you have access to your Dropbox folder.  Now, when you arrive home, all your legal torrents are all done downloading and ready to watch.

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